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Happy Birthday Greta Bronwyn!

Yep, it’s official, Christine and I became parents yesterday afternoon at 2:14PM with the birth of our sweet little baby girl, Greta Bronwyn. Yay!

Our due date was Sunday, the 8th, and we had already made plans with our doctor to have labor induced on Monday night at 7:30PM, giving us one more full day to prepare for her arrival, but I guess Greta had other plans!

Greta and her mommy!

Christine’s water broke at 4:15AM and despite running around like a bunch of lunatics right after it happened — yes, amigos, some things really are like the movies! — Christine, her mom, Marge, and I managed to be at the hospital and in a labor and delivery room with our official paparazzi team, Ryan and Laura, in tow well before 5:00AM. Impressive, huh?

And though we filled that room to capacity with our team of still and video cameras, iPods and laptops, I gotta say, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. So, thanks guys for helping cheer Christine on throughout the day. You guys rocked!

As you can imagine, we have hundreds of pics and videos of everything that went down yesterday afternoon, but for now, wanted to share my favorite pic with y’all. This was taken just a couple minutes after Greta was born at 2:14PM. She weighed 7.6 pounds and measured 20 1/4 inches long at birth, and we’re already completely in love with her…so, happy birthday Greta!

Oh, and you know what’s even cooler? March 9th is Barbie’s birthday as well. Hooray! All those crazy “X-Files” , “Elvis” and “Harley Davidson” Barbies in Greta’s bedroom will finally pay off!

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Baby Rules 101

With the baby due in just three short days — of course, that’s if she doesn’t take after her father and show up late to everything — Christine and I have been going kinda crazy the past couple of days. Sure, the car seat is securely in place, all her little bitty clothes are washed, sorted by size, and ready to be worn, and our hospital bag has been packed and sitting by the door for days.

Wry Baby babyrules #1

But, like all parents, we recently started to wonder if we were really ready for her to get here. I mean, despite all our preparations, would we really know what to do with her when she arrives?

So, you can imagine our relief when our friend Wan e-mailed us the handy baby rules instructions shown here. Created by the clever folks at Wry Baby (who’s stuff Christine has been selling in her store for years) the manual has been a real life saver this week. I mean, who knew you couldn’t give a baby coffee and a big old Turkey leg? We sure didn’t!

So, as we leave you now to study up on more top-secret baby rules, enjoy the pics. And thanks again to Wan for the advice…you are a real life saver, chica!

Wry Baby babyrules #2

Wry Baby babyrules #3

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24-hour Nurses @ Future Moms

Normally, I would be the last person to praise our health care provider for anything, but as Christine and I near the final stretch in her pregnancy — she will be 37 weeks on Saturday, which is considered full term, yay! — I wanted to take a minute to praise the super cool telephone nurses at Future Moms.

Future Moms Nurses!

Run by Anthem Blue Cross, Future Moms is a totally free (if you have Anthem insurance) service that offers you free books, tons of informational brochures, access to scads of detailed online information and best of all, 24-hour telephone access to real live nurses.

That’s right, amigos, if your wife starts getting Braxton Hicks contractions in the middle of the night or your doctor leaves you a cryptic message on a Friday then takes off for the weekend, just call those nurses up, anytime of the day or night, and they will talk you down from that rooftop. Seriously, they will answer any question you have, no matter how stupid it is.

Christine has only called the 866 number a couple of times, but being the neurotic over-worrier that I am, I have called those poor gals up many a time in the wee hours of the night. I know it’s crazy, but nobody puts my fears to rest better than a real live nurse with a hot Southern accent. Don’t know why, but they all seem to have that.

So, as we near the big day and the end of the free servive approaches, I gotta give those Future Moms nurses a great big shout out. Muchas gracias, hot Southern nurses, you guys rock! Now, if I could only convince them to give us free 24-hour advice for the next 18 years on everything else to do with raising a happy and healthy little girl, I’d be all set…

To read more about the Future Moms program click here.

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It’s gonna be a girl!

Christine and I went in for our 21 week ultrasound today and were delighted to learn that we are expecting a little girl. Yay! As you can imagine, we are both pretty stoked, especially since we share a fondness for all things Barbie and Hello Kitty…and who better to pass that giddy fondness on to than a little tiny version of us, right?

Of course, we would have been just as happy with a boy, but as I have gathered from the enthusiasm from our families, a little girl offers them much cooler stuff to shop for. And speaking of, we made our first parental purchase today in the form of the super cute Baby Gap onesie shown below.

Yep, we went right from the doctor’s office to the mall. Crazy, huh? But, wow, how fun to buy little tiny clothes for your own baby! And to do it all at the store — not literally the same store, but the same chain, Gap Kids — where Christine and I met back in 1990, well, talk about coming full circle. Whoa…

So, while I must admit I was a tad disappointed at not being able to score the more boyish “Star Wars” and “Superman” onesies for our little one, I think once I get my hands on a girly Princess Leia or Queen Amidala onesie, all will be right with the world!

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